Have you ever had something that you have to do but, just couldn’t get it going?
The reason this happens is because you are not motivated. You are not motivated to get off the couch, turn the TV off, wake up 20 minutes earlier, start the diet today, or a million other things.
Just what is motivation?
Motivation is the reason or reasons for engaging in a particular behavior…. These reasons may include basic needs such as food or a desired object, hobbies, goal, state of being, or ideal.
Okay, I get it. Motivation is getting others to do something because they want to do it. The problem to solve is to make them want to do it. This is where we move on to the term ‘inspiration’.
The key to motivating others to do something is inspiration. Managers can be inspirational by empowering, encouraging, and rewarding. Their success in motivation can be measured by the success of the the team as a whole.
Inspiring your kids is easy- just give them a few dollars or the car keys and they will feed the dog for you. Inspiring others means that you must be a good role model yourself. Humpty Dumpty on the wall could hardly inspire as many people to swim as Michael Phelps could.
So, what is the key to motivating yourself?
I tell my kids that they should do what they have to do (usually meaning homework) and then do what you want to do. Doing what you want to do is the reward for doing what you have to do.
I will motivate myself by reminding myself of the ends or rewards. If you want something bad enough you can get it by working hard for it. Like a new car or a new mate. Well, 90% of the time anyway.
What also works is the realization that you’ll never be perfect to the definition of what perfect is in your mind. You’ll never be everything as you see everything to be in your world. And, that you should appreciate every day, one day at a time since life is short and precious.
Here are some motivational quotes;
A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.
Nothing of great value in this life comes easily. The things of highest value sometimes come hard. The gold that has the greatest value lies deepest in the earth, as do the diamonds.
Norman Vincent Peale
You don’t have to be the biggest to beat the biggest.
I tell you that as long as I can conceive something better than myself I cannot be easy unless I am striving to bring it into existence or clearing the way for it.
George Bernard Shaw –
People ask what gives me the authority to give advice? I say, First of all, I don’t give advice. Dr Phil gives advice. Mr T helps people. I motivate them, I inspire them, I give them hope, and I plant the seed so they can feel good about themselves
Mr T (I was wondering whatever happened to him)
Ever notice how your senses are heightened when you are in challenging situations? You’re experiencing an adrenaline rush that gives you extra energy. If you see every day as a challenge, you’d be surprised how efficient you can become, and how much can be accomplished.
Donald Trump –
We think about all of our tomorrows, but we don’t know how many there are, so let’s start making the most of our Todays!
In every man there is something wherein I may learn of him, and in that I am his pupil.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still favorable. Favorable conditions never come.
Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.
I don’t think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good.